Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Shell Instigates Disunity Amongst Ogonis Of Nigeria


Unwilling to pack its drilling equipments and leave Ogoniland, an oil rich area in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, as requested by the natives and directed by the Presidency, the Shell Petroleum Development Company Of Nigeria(SPDC), an oil and gas major, have resorted to instigating the Ogonis against themselves, chidi opara reports have learnt.

To weaken the resolve of the Ogonis against its continued presence on their land, SPDC, we learnt on good authority aimed at the soul of the Movement For The Survival Of Ogoni People(MOSOP). At present, the umbrella body of the Ogonis parades two executives. Even though SPDC is said to have accepted to pull out of Ogoniland, indications point to the fact that the oil and gas giant is still desirous of having a say on who operates in the oil rich area.

The Ledum Mitte camp we learnt have been insisting that the Portharcourt based human rights Lawyer is still the President of MOSOP, having been allegedly elected for another two-year term, effective from January, 2009. Mr. Mitte have been President for about fourteen years.

The rival camp led by one Goodluck Diigbo is positing that Mitte is no longer the President, having lost to Diigbo in an election purportedly conducted in April, 2009.Diigbo was allegedly sworn in same April.

Investigations by chidi opara reports revealed an ongoing scheme by SPDC to cause disunity in MOSOP, through monetary inducements and contracts to some members of the body and some influential traditional rulers in Ogoniland.

The uniqueness of this scheme is that the inducements which are effected through proxies(sub contracting firms), are aimed at members of both camps. A contact in the community relations unit of SPDC in Portharcourt, whispered to us that "these friends of SPDC" are usually given details of each other's secret dealings to provoke distrust amongst them. Security operatives on the payroll of the oil and gas major, according to our contact, handle this aspect of the scheme.

chidi opara reports could not confirm the involvement or otherwise of the Rivers State and Federal governments in this scheme, prior to publication.